Evoking Cooperative Geometric and Electronic Interactions at Nanometer Coherent Interfaces toward Enhanced Electrocatalysis

Huijun Song, Xiaoqiu Xu, Jingjing Chen, Yinling Zhang, Jia Zhao, Chongzhi Zhu, Hong Zhang, Yong Peng, Qiaoli Chen, Guan Sheng, Tulai Sun, Yu Han, Xiaonian Li, Yihan Zhu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


Integrating high-valence metal sites into transition metal-based oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts turns out to be a prevailing solution to replacing noble metal-based electrocatalysts. However, stabilizing the thermodynamically unfavorable high-valence metal sites within the electrocatalyst remains challenging. Hereby, a general strategy is proposed that evokes cooperative geometric and electronic interactions at nanometer coherent interfaces, which effectively stabilizes interfacial high-valence metal sites within homogeneously distributed heterostructures and significantly enhances electrocatalytic activity. As a proof-of-concept study, by derivatizing multicomponent isoreticular hybridized metal–organic frameworks with separated σ- or π-bonded moieties, bimetal Ni–Fe selenides heterostructures with nanoscopic compositional and structural homogeneity are grafted. Such heterostructures entail nanometer-sized coherent interfaces that accommodate large geometric distortions and cooperatively stabilize the energetically unfavorable Jahn–Teller active electronic states of high-valence interfacial Ni sites. The presence of high-valence interfacial Ni sites and associated collective Jahn–Teller distortions greatly facilitate the Ni oxidation cycling through Ni3+/Ni4+ transition and stabilizes the *O key intermediate at Ni-Se dual sites, both of which synergistically lowers down the overall OER overpotential.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
StatePublished - Apr 23 2023

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-05-03
Acknowledgements: This work was financially supported by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2022YFE0113800) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (22122505, 22075250, 21771161).

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


Dive into the research topics of 'Evoking Cooperative Geometric and Electronic Interactions at Nanometer Coherent Interfaces toward Enhanced Electrocatalysis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this